The inspiration for this week’s teen passive program comes from me trying to simplify my life and get rid of stuff I’m not going to use. I was sorting through my stationary and realized I have a ton of really cute notecards – way more than I’ll ever use. So I hauled in a variety of cards, and put them out on the table with some different colored pens and an invitation for teens to write a letter to their parents, friends, or future selves. We’re perpetually short on attractive containers to display program supplies in, so I grabbed a couple of sheets of scrap booking paper and used this easy tutorial to fold up some holders for the pens and stationary.
How’d it go?
Well, I’m not sure yet! I’ve actually caught up on my drop in and hang out posts, so I just put this display out today. I’ll be sure to report back!
Y’all. Y’ALL! I’m about to tell you about the easiest passive program you’ll ever ever do. Well, unless you read the title, in which case you already know what I’m going to say. It’s that easy! Just put out a jigsaw puzzle and an invitation for teens to sit down and put a few pieces together.
Probably the most dirty secret teens have is that they secretly love to do jigsaw puzzles, even though they’re incredibly dorky seeming. Putting the puzzle in a common area and letting teens slip in a piece or two means that they get all the satisfaction of doing the puzzle with none of the stigma (okay, okay, stigma might be taking it a little far. But you know what I mean!)
Hopefully, the puzzle also moved us forward in overarching goal for the next year: taking the teen area from a place where we stick the young adult books and turning it into a place that’s comfortable for teens to hang out in, has something for them to do if they’re bored, and allows them to meet other teens who share their interests.
We didn’t get very far on the puzzle before the week was up, unfortunately, and now we’re on a programming pause to ramp up for summer reading (yaaaaaaaay.) On the plus side, the staff were really excited when I put the jigsaw puzzle in the staff break room. Passive programming for library staff: the final frontier.
I was looking for an easy passive program that would incorporate National Poetry Month a few weeks ago, so I turned to the old standby: Book Spine Poetry. In case you haven’t seen book spine poetry kicking around the internet, it’s a pretty simple (and awesome!) concept. Some quick Googling tells me it was invented by the always awesome Travis Jonker over at 100 Scope Notes. Anyhow, you simply take books and stack them together so that the titles on the spines create a poem. Kind of like magnetic poetry, except all the books in your collection serve as the building blocks.
I whipped up a quick sign in Canva (speaking of which, if you’re on Canva, add me to your feed so I can see what you’re making!) and put it out. I encouraged teens to tag us on social media if they made a poem.
We didn’t have any teens tag us on social media (I’m slowly staging a take over of the library’s social media, and hoping to make it more teen-friendly and active for everyone), but I did find several stacks of books scattered around the teen area all week. Imma count it as a success, y’all!